Fire Prevention Week focuses on sounds of fire safety

The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is spreading the word about the importance of smoke detectors and fire alarms.

Posted: Oct 7, 2021 5:06 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. – The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is spreading the word about the importance of smoke detectors and fire alarms during Fire Prevention Week.

The theme this year is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

Fire officials say three in five home fire deaths happen I houses without working smoke detectors.

People are advised to check smoke alarms for dead batteries and make sure they are replaced when needed.

Local firefighters usually visit schools during Fire Prevention Week to teach students about fire safety.

"We're usually down at the elementary school. We're grade specific, so we'll do a different program for each grade. Other places may do the whole group together, different assemblies. Every school and fire department probably does something a little different,” said Daryl Bournat of Oriskany Fire Department. “Basically, this is the week for really getting gin there and teaching kids about fire safety and life safety. Different things to keep them up to date throughout the year."

Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Know the difference between the sounds of your alarms
    • Smoke alarms: three beeps
    • Carbon monoxide alarms: four beeps
    • Click HERE for downloadable sound files from NFPA, under Teach Fire Safety—“Sounds of Fire Safety”, to help differentiate between different alarm sounds.
  • When a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounds, respond immediately by first exiting your home, calling 911, and staying out of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly by holding down the test button.
  • If your smoke alarm begins to chirp, typically a single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds, it means that the batteries are low and should be replaced.
  • If your smoke alarm continues chirping after batteries are replaced, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
  • Regularly replace your alarm’s batteries once a year.
    • If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it is time to replace the alarm.
  • Since 2019, NY State law requires all NEW or REPLACEMENT smoke alarms in New York State to be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery, or hardwired to the home.
    • Ten-year fire alarms still need to be tested monthly and replaced every ten years.
    • Ten-year fire alarms will chirp when their battery is low
  • Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
    • If there is someone in your household who is deaf or hard of hearing, install a bed shaker and strobe light alarms that will alert that person to fire.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home for the best protection. When one sounds, they all sound. Make sure you can hear the sound of the smoke alarm.

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